The bishop of the Diocese in Worcester, Massachusetts, issued a decree revoking the Nativity School of Worcester’s Catholic status after school administration refused to remove the LGBT Pride and Black Lives Matter flags on its premises.
“The flying of these flags in front of a Catholic school sends a mixed, confusing and scandalous message to the public about the Church’s stance on these important moral and social issues,” Bishop Robert McManus said in the decree published Thursday.
“It is my contention that the ‘Gay Pride’ flag represents support of gay marriage and actively living a LGBTQ+ lifestyle,” the bishop said, arguing that these things contradict church teachings.
The bishop also said in the decree that while the Catholic Church agrees with the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” the movement “has co-opted the phrase and promotes a platform that directly contradicts Catholic social teaching on the importance and role of the nuclear family and seeks to disrupt the family structure in clear opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
The bishop prohibited the school from referring to itself as Catholic, administering Mass on its premises and advertising in the Diocesan Directory, according to the decree.
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